Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Canada Research Chair in Statistical Machine Learning

Assistant Professor
Microsoft Faculty Fellow
Sloan Fellow
University of Toronto
CV Google Scholar  

In the Spring of 2016, I will be moving to the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I am looking for strong PhD students, please apply to CMU if you are interested in working with me.

I am an assistant professor of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Toronto. I work in the field of statistical machine learning (See my CV.) I received my PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2009. After spending two post-doctoral years at MIT, I joined the University of Toronto in 2011.

My research interests include Deep Learning, Probabilistic Graphical Models, and Large-scale Optimization.

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Recent Research Highlights:

Recent Papers:

  • Actor-Mimic: Deep Multitask and Transfer Reinforcement Learning
    Emilio Parisotto, Jimmy Lei Ba, Ruslan Salakhutdinov

  • Generating Images from Captions with Attention
    Elman Mansimov, Emilio Parisotto, Jimmy Lei Ba, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    [arXiv]. [Generated Samples].

  • Action Recognition using Visual Attention
    Shikhar Sharma, Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    [arXiv]. [Code]. [Project Website].

  • Deep Kernel Learning
    Andrew Gordon Wilson, Zhiting Hu, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Eric Xing

  • Importance Weighted Autoencoders
    Yuri Burda, Roger Grosse, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    [arXiv]. Code is available [here].

  • Learning Wake-Sleep Recurrent Attention Models
    Lei Jimmy Ba, Roger Grosse, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Brendan Frey
    To appear in NIPS 2015. [arXiv].

  • Skip-Thought Vectors
    Ryan Kiros, Yukun Zhu, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard S. Zemel, Antonio Torralba, Raquel Urtasun, Sanja Fidler
    To appear in NIPS 2015, [arXiv].

  • Path-SGD: Path-Normalized Optimization in Deep Neural Networks
    Behnam Neyshabur, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Nathan Srebro
    To appear in NIPS 2015, [arXiv].

  • Aligning Books and Movies: Towards Story-like Visual Explanations by Watching Movies and Reading Books
    Yukun Zhu, Ryan Kiros, Richard Zemel, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Raquel Urtasun, Antonio Torralba, Sanja Fidler
    ICCV 2015, [arXiv], oral , [ project page ]

  • Predicting Deep Zero-Shot Convolutional Neural Networks using Textual Descriptions
    Jimmy Ba, Kevin Swersky, Sanja Fidler, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    ICCV 2015, [arXiv].

  • Learning Deep Generative Models
    Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application, Vol. 2, pp. 361–385, 2015

  • Scaling Up Natural Gradient by Sparsely Factorizing the Inverse Fisher Matrix
    Roger Grosse, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    ICML, 2015. [pdf].

  • Unsupervised Learning of Video Representations using LSTMs
    Nitish Srivastava, Elman Mansimov, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    ICML, 2015, [arXiv], [Code]

  • Show, Attend and Tell: Neural Image Caption Generation with Visual Attention
    Kelvin Xu, Jimmy Ba, Ryan Kiros, Kyunghyun Cho, Aaron Courville, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard Zemel, Yoshua Bengio
    ICML, 2015, [arXiv], [project page], [media].

  • Exploiting Image-trained CNN Architectures for Unconstrained Video Classification
    Shengxin Zha, Florian Luisier, Walter Andrews, Nitish Srivastava, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    BMVC 2015, [arXiv], 2015

  • segDeepM: Exploiting Segmentation and Context in Deep Neural Networks for Object Detection
    Y. Zhu, R. Urtasun, R. Salakhutdinov and S.Fidler
    In Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Boston, MA, USA, June 2015,
    [ arXiv ]

  • Unifying Visual-Semantic Embeddings with Multimodal Neural Language Models
    Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard Zemel.
    To appear in Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL), 2015.
    [ arXiv], [ results], [ demo ].
    An encoder-decoder architecture for ranking and generating image descriptions.
    Previous version appeared in NIPS Deep Learning Workshop, 2014.

  • Accurate and Conservative Estimates of MRF Log-likelihood using Reverse Annealing
    Yuri Burda, Roger B. Grosse, and Ruslan Salakhutdinov,
    To appear in AI and Statistics, 2015 [arXiv]

  • Learning Generative Models with Visual Attention
    Yichuan Tang, Nitish Srivastava, and Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 28), 2014, oral,
    [ pdf ], Supplementary material [ pdf].

  • A Multiplicative Model for Learning Distributed Text-Based Attribute Representations
    Ryan Kiros, Richard Zemel, Ruslan Salakhutdinov.
    Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 28), 2014.
    [ pdf ], Supplementary material [ zip].

  • Multimodal Learning with Deep Boltzmann Machines
    Nitish Srivastava and Ruslan Salakhutdinov
    Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2014. [ pdf ]. Code is available [ here].

  • Dropout: A simple way to prevent neural networks from overfitting
    Nitish Srivastava, Geoffrey E. Hinton, Alex Krizhevsky, Ilya Sutskever, Ruslan R. Salakhutdinov
    Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2014. [ pdf].

  • Deep Learning for Neuroimaging: a Validation Study
    S. Plis, D. Hjelm, R. Salakhutdinov, E. Allen, H. Bockholt, J. Long, H. Johnson, J. Paulsen, J. Turner, and V. Calhoun
    Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2014. [ pdf].

  • Multi-task Neural Networks for QSAR Prediction
    George E. Dahl, Navdeep Jaitly, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, 2014.
    [ arXiv].

  • Restricted Boltzmann Machines for Neuroimaging: An Application in Identifying Intrinsic Networks
    Devon Hjelma, Vince Calhouna, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Elena Allena, Tulay Adali, and Sergey Plisa
    In NeuroImage, Volume 96, Aug 1 2014, pages 245 - 260. [ pdf].

  • Multimodal Neural Language Models
    Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard Zemel.
    In 31th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2014)
    [pdf], [ Project Page].